Often considered one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast for its abundance of sea life and outdoor recreation potential, Nootka Sound is the ideal base to pursue saltwater fishing adventures in the region.
Surfers are attracted by the wild Pacific waves off Nootka Island and Brooks Peninsula, a climatic pocket that produces waters of the same temperature as Northern California. Strong inflow and outflow winds also create great conditions for windsurfers and kiteboarders in Tahsis Inlet.
Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet offer areas of strong tidal activity and diverse marine life, creating world-class scuba diving sites. Kayakers can enjoy the sheltered inlet waters, the rugged coastal scenery, and abundant ocean wildlife.
If you’re seeking an epic fishing trip, look no further than Nootka Sound. Within an hour, you can fish for salmon in any number of fishing hot spots. There are important salmon feeding grounds fronting Bajo reef, major salmon-holding areas in Nootka Sound and Tlupana Inlet, and productive salmon areas in outer Esperanza Inlet. At various times of the year, there are Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum salmon to catch.
In addition, there are many varieties of tasty bottom fish, such as halibut, ling cod, sole, greenling, sea bass, red snapper, cabezon, and several varieties of rockfish. It’s not uncommon to also catch albacore tuna, herring, or shellfish (crabs, prawns, clams, and oysters).
Moutcha Bay Resort, Restaurant & Bar
Nestled on the beautiful waters of Nootka Sound, Moutcha Bay Resort offers a range of accommodation options from RV campsites to luxurious waterfront yurts, chalets and lodge suites. Only 2 hours from Campbell River by road, this family-oriented resort has a full service marina, guided fishing charters, rental boats, eco tours, spa, children’s playground and restaurant.